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My Transition from 3G to 4G, BlackBerry to Droid Bionic

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Droid Bionic From Motorola on 4G LTE networkRENO, USAVerizon Wireless in the USA is continuing its rollout of 4G LTE service, it finally has arrived in our town. In anticipation of the move to 4G LTE, this user planned to make the move from the BlackBerry platform to the Android system. The device of choice is the Motorola Bionic, obtained yesterday, on the first day available.

The 4G LTE network promises much faster speed than 3G networks, in the range of 20mb/s download speed and symmetrical upload, typically. The deep down specification for 4G LTE is 100 mb/s download and equally fast upload. The system will be improving over the years to attain these goals.

One of the barriers to overcome is the backhaul required for each cell site. 3G and earlier sites use T1 or 1.5mb/s backhaul connections to move the data from the mobile or air side to the network side. With data rates climbing the copper wire connections to the cell sites can’t handle the load and upgrades to microwave and fiber connections to cell sites are required to handle the increased capacity.

Users that wish to take advantage of the speed of the network need to upgrade to devices that are capable of running on the network, such as the Pantech UML 290 USB modem for connecting to PCs and routers, as well as one of the five smartphones available through Verizon Wireless. Prior to the launch of the 4G network, typical data rates ranged from 100kb/s in difficult coverage areas to a maximum of 2.5mb/s in well covered areas via the USB modem.

Post launch, there is only one word: FAST. Initial measurements ranged from a low data rate of 5 mb/s with 2 bars of signal strength to 30 mb/s with 5 bars of signal strength. The difference while operating on a PC is noticeable, so much so that users will think their machine got a tune up. Installation of the new modem was simple, the key is to load the Verizon Wireless Access Manager software first, then plug in the modem. The software initializes the modem, and usually updates the firmware on first installation. After that, it is very easy to navigate the software and make the connection to the network, one click, in fact.

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By , RIM-affairs Correspondent on Sep 19th, 2011 GMT +2

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